Former Camp Teacher Pleads No Contest in Child Abuse
A former juvenile probation camp teacher accused of staging fights between students from opposing gangs pleaded no contest to six felony counts on Jan. 18, the Los Angeles County District Attorney’s Office has announced.
Stephen Wesley, 44, pleaded no contest to six felony counts of child abuse as part of the case, and is expected to be sentenced to 180 days in county jail and one year of anger management. Additionally, Wesley will lose his teaching credential, according to Deputy District Attorney Ilean Richard.
Wesley pleaded “open” to the court, meaning a sentence was not negotiated with the District Attorney’s Office. Judge Terry Smerling scheduled a sentencing hearing on April 15.
Wesley was a substitute teacher at Camp Karl Holton, a juvenile probation camp in Los Angeles County, where he taught math and science to teenage boys between the ages of 13 and 17. On Aug. 8, 2008, the defendant allegedly matched up six students from rival gangs to fight. The incident was captured on video, Richard said. Camp Holton has since been closed.